Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe, after their delegation level and restricted format talks, said the countries were determined to take the relationship to the next level as the two sides signed four agreements to deepen cooperation in health care and space science.

Thanking Wickremesinghe for choosing India for his first overseas trip after becoming Prime Minister for the fourth term, PM Modi hoped that the country will achieve 'genuine reconciliation' and development so that all people including the Tamil community can live a 'life of equality, justice, peace and dignity' in a united Sri Lanka.

The Prime Minister said both the countries will intensify cooperation in combating terrorism and work together for security and stability in the maritime neighbourhood.

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"We recognise our closely aligned security interests and the need to remain sensitive to each other's concerns. We both reaffirmed our commitment to deepen our defence and security cooperation," he added.

PM Modi, who is the first Prime Minister to visit the island nation after Rajiv Gandhi's trip in 1987, said Sri Lanka is India's largest partner in defence training programme and it will continue to expand cooperation in this area.

On the fishermen issue, the Prime Minister said it was agreed that fishermen's associations on both sides should continue their efforts to find a solution.

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